The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has released former Senate President, Pius Anyim, who was taken for interrogation on Sunday after two days in custody over allegations of corruption.
According to his lawyer, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Mike Ozekhome who made this known on Wednesday, Mr. Anyim was released on Tuesday based on an administrative bail granted to him by the commission.
Mr. Ozekhome said Mr. Anyim met the conditions of the administrative bail granted to him on Monday, but was not allowed to go home till Tuesday.
The lawyer also noted that Mr. Anyim was not invited by the commission but voluntarily visited to clear his name ‘when he heard his name had been mentioned by a person under EFCC investigation.”
“I remain Anyim Pius Anyim’s lawyer. My chambers have been on the matter since Monday when we applied for his administrative bail before the EFCC. And yesterday (Tuesday), the administrative bail, which was earlier granted on Monday, was perfected and Anyim was released to go home. He has since gone to his house.
“It must be stated clearly that Senator Anyim was never invited by the EFCC. He had gone there voluntarily to meet with an officer on Sunday at about 3 p.m., to clear his name when he heard his name had been mentioned by a person under EFCC investigation, but only to be surprised that he was not allowed to go home,” the lawyer said.
Mr. Anyim was interrogated over a corruption case involving the incumbent Anambra North Senator, Stella Oduah over alleged diversion of N780 million to a company in which the former senate president was said to have an interest.
Mr. Anyim who served as Senate President between 2000 and 2003 also served as the Secretary to the Government of the Federation under the President Goodluck Jonathan administration.
Ms. Oduah, a former Minister of Aviation under the Goodluck Jonathan administration from 2011-2014, was sacked based on a contract scam involving the purchase of BMW armored cars.
The EFCC is currently prosecuting Ms. Oduah along with Chinese construction giant, China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC) Nigeria ltd, and other defendants on separate money laundering charges involving N5billion.
She allegedly committed to the offences during her tenure as the Minister of Aviation and shortly after her removal as minister.